164 To Horace Mann [1742 tell you that we are a very Conclave; they buy votes with reversions of places on the change of the ministry. Lord Gage was giving an account in Tom's Coffee-house of the intended alterations; that Mr. Pulteney is to be Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Chesterfield and Carteret Secretaries of State. Somebody asked who was to be Paymaster? Numps Edwin, who stood by, replied, ' We have not thought so low as that yet.' Lord Gage harangues every day at Tom's, and has read there a very false account of the King's message to the Prince7. The Court, to show their contempt of Gage, have given their copy to be read by Swinny8. This is the authentic copy, which they have made the Bishop9 write from the message which he carried, and as he and Lord Cholmondeley agree it was given. On this Thursday, of which I was telling you, at three o'clock, Mr. Pulteney rose up, and moved for a Secret Committee of twenty-one. This Inquisition, this Council of Ten, was to sit and examine whatever persons and papers they should please, and to meet when and where they pleased. He protested much on its not being intended against any person, but merely to give the King advice, and on this foot they fought it till ten at night, when Lord Perceval blundered out what they had been cloaking with so much art, and declared that he should vote for it as a committee of accusation. Sir Eobert immediately rose, and protested that he should not have spoken, but for what he had heard 7 During the holidays, Sir B. W. had prevailed on the King to send to the Prince of Wales, to offer to pay his debts and double his allow-ance. This negotiation was entrusted to Lord Cholmondeley on the Bong's, and to Seeker, Bishop of Oxford, on the Prince's side; but came to nothing. Walpdle. 8 Owen MacSwinny, a buffoon; former director of the playhouse. Walpole. —- Manager of the Hay- market, 1706-10, and of Drury Lane, 1710-11. He then returned to the Haymarket, but became bankrupt, and lived abroad for twenty yeara. On returning to England, he obtained a place in. the Custom House, and became Store-Keeper at the King's Mews; d. 1754. He left his fortune to Mrs. Woffington. 8 Thomas Seeker, Bishop of Oxford, translated to Canterbury, 1758.